Ministering with the Economic Poor

Janice Thome, OP
Blog by Sr. Janice Thome, OP

[Dominican Sisters of Peace Janice Thome, OP (blogger), and Rose Mary Stein, OP, attended the Nuns on the Bus event in Kansas earlier in September. During an interview with Sr. Janice, she shared the following reflection about her ministry and the people she serves:]

In Garden City, Kansas I serve in the Dominican Sisters Ministry of Presence, which is a direct service ministry with the economic poor. In this town of 30,000 we are a “majority-minority” with people who come from 25 different countries. The children in our school district speak over 37 languages because of the large number of dialects. When I first arrived, we were serving a majority of Spanish-speaking people in our ministry with the poor; now it is a majority of Anglo, English-speaking people because of the economic situations in our country and state. Those most recently struggling economically have been working in the oil industry and have been laid off because of cutbacks. We have refugees coming from Ethiopia, Somalia, Burma and many other countries. They come to western Kansas because of the job market in the dairy industry, beef packing plants, and other related jobs. Continue reading →

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Diplomacy Not War

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP
Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

Most of us have followed the saga of the Iran Nuclear Treaty, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, with interest and concern. Some members of Congress were determined to stop it. It took a hard fought struggle to get the necessary votes to overcome a veto or a filibuster. This struggle has been and will continue to be a fact of life in our government. It can seem overwhelming and frustrating to ordinary citizens who want to see our government work. Continue reading →

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Accommodating Religious Freedom and Civil Rights

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his/her religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his/her religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

– Universal Declaration of Human Rights
United Nations

The last few weeks have provided a civics lesson on balancing civil rights and religious freedom. As with any hot button issue, passion often clouded respectful dialogue and mutual effort at accommodation of divergent positions. For a nation founded on religious tolerance, the struggle seems endless, particularly since all Americans, whether gay or straight, desire “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Continue reading →

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Honoring Labor With Our Voices

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

For many, Labor Day weekend is a time for travel, relaxing with family, enjoying the last remnants of summer. But for many workers the day means another day on the job and struggle to make ends meet.

The road from the late 1970s to the present is filled with potholes, not the least of which was “trickle-down economics,” which was really “trickle up economics.” The starting point during the Reagan era included cuts in corporate taxes and reduced taxes on the wealthy, outsourcing work to other countries, right wing cutbacks on unions, an un-patrolled era of national and international inequality. Homelessness skyrocketed and progress for hungry citizens suffered cuts. Continue reading →

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Time for a March on Washington?

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

What is left to say about the slaughter of children, students, movie goers and reporters like 24 year-old Alison Parker, killed while doing an early morning television interview? As with every previous shooting, there will be shock, responses from elected officials expressing “prayers and sympathy,” but no commitment to responsible, common sense legislation. Continue reading →

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